Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Turkey Deploys Tanks, Equipment near Iraqi Border

Ankara deployed numerous tanks and military hardware close to the border with Iraq, according to the local media.

The unspecified number of tanks and armored vehicles headed from central Turkey to the districts of Silopi and Sirnak in the Sirnak province, NTV reported.

On December 4, Turkey deployed about 150 troops and 25 tanks to Northern Iraq reportedly to help national forces to reclaim the city of Mosul from ISIL militants, prohibited in Russia and many other countries.

Following the deployment, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi demanded the withdrawal of the Turkish troops sent into the Bashiqa camp without Baghdad's approval.

On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of a military operation to recapture Mosul from ISIL, outlawed in Russia, with the help of airstrikes by the US-led international coalition.

According to local media, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation. Ankara has voiced its intention to participate.

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